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NFL telecasts snagged the Top 4 spots in adults 18-49 and four of the Top 10 in viewers for the week of Thanksgiving. With a number of shows taking the week off and viewing levels generally down, that’s no surprise.

The broadcast nets classified their prime-time programming on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights as specials, so those episodes’ ratings won’t count as part of their season average.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Nov. 23-29, 2015

Rank Show Net 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NFL THURSDAY SPECIAL NBC 9.0 11371
2 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 8.5 10761
3 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC 4.1 5171
4 NFL THURSDAY PREGAME NBC 4.0 5059
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS 3.2 4043
5t EMPIRE – S FOX 3.2 4008
7 60 MINUTES CBS 2.6 3270
7t THE VOICE – MONDAY NBC 2.6 3265
9 DANCING WITH THE STARS – FINALE ABC 2.4 3002
10 NCIS CBS 2.2 2747
10t A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING – S ABC 2.2 2759
12 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 2.1 2674
12t THE VOICE – TUESDAY NBC 2.1 2652
12t LIFE IN PIECES – S CBS 2.1 2611
15 FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOX 2.0 2578
16 BLINDSPOT NBC 1.9 2374
17 SURVIVOR – S CBS 1.8 2279
17t CHICAGO MED NBC 1.8 2331
17t CHICAGO FIRE NBC 1.8 2315
20 SCORPION CBS 1.7 2120
20t MOM – S CBS 1.7 2095
22 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 1.6 2086
22t 2 BROKE GIRLS – S CBS 1.6 1986
24 SUPERGIRL CBS 1.5 1924
25 FROSTY THE SNOWMAN – S CBS 1.4 1718
25t SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC 1.4 1837
25t GOTHAM FOX 1.4 1744

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Nov. 23-29, 2015

Rank Show Net Viewers(000s)
1 NFL THURSDAY SPECIAL NBC 27751
2 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 25188
3 NCIS CBS 16193
4 60 MINUTES CBS 14332
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS – FINALE ABC 13490
6 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 13287
7 NFL THURSDAY PREGAME NBC 12845
8 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC 12648
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS 12048
10 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 11848
11 THE VOICE – MONDAY NBC 10293
12 THE VOICE – TUESDAY NBC 9970
13 MADAM SECRETARY CBS 9960
14 EMPIRE – S FOX 9205
15 SCORPION CBS 8949
16 SURVIVOR – S CBS 8119
17 THE GOOD WIFE CBS 7948
18 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 7801
19 CHICAGO MED NBC 7614
20 LIFE IN PIECES – S CBS 7605
21 A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING – S ABC 7517
22 BLUE BLOODS – S CBS 7448
23 CODE BLACK – S CBS 7447
24 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 7341
25 FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOX 7319

 

All numbers are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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